I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25
We had a single Sugar Maple tree in my grandmother’s yard. I remember its blackish brown bark and the huge canopy of shade it created over the driveway. In the fall it was the most beautiful tree in the yard. But my favorite memory of that tree was playing with the seeds it produced by the hundreds of thousands. We dropped seeds everywhere on her property, watching them helicopter through the air – sometimes catching the wind and traveling quite a distance.
Death to pride.
Death to selfishness.
Death to doing things my way.
Death to rebellion and resentment.
Death to obsessions and self promotion.
There have been many times in my life when I felt as small and insignificant as this seed appears to be. But the truth is, the seed on this page contains all the DNA it needs to create an entire ecosystem to support life, teaming with activity.
It can germinate; take root; grow 20 feet tall; produce its own food; provide fresh air for us to breathe; offer shade; a nesting place; a place to play; a place to rest; provide a haven for bugs and fungus that in turn feeds other bugs, birds, and squirrels; produce thousands of more seeds that produce more trees or serve as a food source; and even after it is no longer capable of supporting life, it can be carved into something beautiful to enjoy long after the tree is gone.
If God can do all that with a tiny seed, think about what he can do with one life that is dedicated to creating a spiritual ecosystem that supports eternal life and at the end of his days is transformed into a work of fine art as one of the beloved.
In your prayer today, ask God to show you to what kind of ecosystem is alive in you. May it be one that attracts others who wish to feast on the goodness of God because of what they see in you.